Equality for Some

The enlightenment movement of the 18th century began to question the accepted norms of Christendom. They asked the question, “Where do we find truth?” and the Puritans answered by pointing to Heaven. Unsatisfied by this, the enlightenment thinkers answered by pointing everywhere. They pointed to their heads, their hearts, and their bellies.

They laid the groundwork for subjective morality. This would’ve horrified them of course, for even though they were looking for a source of truth other than the Church, at least they were looking for truth.

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Our modern generation spurns the idea of rigid morality or standards, and their enlightenment forefathers are rolling in their graves. For even in the 18th century, the burning light of Christendom had not so faded as to extinguish the desire for truth itself.
Finding absolute truth was the quest of the ancients and the medievals alike. Moderns have abandoned this quest, to sit on soft cushions and laugh at truth, all while getting fat on the luxury that truth gave them.

Our most highly esteemed virtue is that of self-expression. And our greatest social cause is to see equality for all forms of expression.

But not a truthful equality rooted in our value as given by God. But a false, selective equality, that elevates certain lifestyles and causes that happen to be in vogue. All the while, suppressing traditional lifestyles and causes that don’t give acceptance or adoration to these things. 


The pious priest and the doubting philosopher of the 18th century would gasp in unison if they saw us now.

They would see a world where exclusive claims to truth are considered great crimes. And the enlightened modernist wears the judge’s robe, giving out sentences for a crime they are committing themselves.

Who would have dreamt that the enlightenment would not only give us the horrors of the 20th century but the absurdities of the 21st?

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God Thought of Us

God didn’t invent love. He is love.

He is eternal, and never had a beginning, so that means that love never had a beginning.
Before we existed as objects of love, He existed as THE object of love. Blazing alone, fully sufficient and in need of nothing.

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This makes Ephesians 1 even more stunning. Not just that God loves us… but that He even thought to MAKE us! In our gratefulness for His love we often forget to be amazed that He even thought of us in the first place. It is this inexplicable decision, more than any other thing, that proves our God is love at His very core.

One of my spiritual fathers, Dale Gentry, says that “relationship is spelled T.I.M.E.” That is true. And if that is true then is stands to reason that “love is spelled R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P.” Love always wants an object to lavish it’s goodness upon. The thing is, He already had thatrelationship of love in and of Himself. C.S. Lewis called it the “dance of the trinity”. It was a party that didn’t need to send any invites.

So the greatest gesture of God’s love was not Him saving us at the Cross. The greatest gesture of His love happened in the recesses of eternity past when He had His first thought of us. The most significant moment in human history was when the all-sufficient one decided there should be a human history. He purposed in His heart to invent objects upon which to shower His goodness. That is truly stunning. And it makes the rescue mission that was the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus even more amazing. Just too good to imagine.
Have you ever tried to get a gift for the person who “has everything”? It’s hard isn’t it? You’re trying to find something that they would want but don’t already have.

God gave himself the gift of the human race.
The God who needed nothing, wanted you.

Isn’t that wonderful?

Very Good News For You

God is all-knowing, all powerful, and loves you a whole bunch.

See! I told you I have good news for you!

Lets review that again:

  1. He’s all-knowing = He knows EVERYTHING.
  2.  He’s all-powerful = He can do ANYTHING.
  3. And He loves you.

The first two are terrifying without the the third one. If you take away the love part, that means He KNOWS WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. Yeah. And He is powerful enough to vaporize you for it.

BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS!

This powerful and perceptive One, LOVES YOU.

And not a limited love as we have. Not a passing feeling, or an affection that doesn’t last. He not only feels love and has deep affection for you… He is the only one who maintain that intensity of love for all eternity. A billions years from now His feelings for you will not have changed! It is impossible for Him to not love you. It’s His very nature.

He loves you so much in fact that He hatched a cosmic rescue plan for you. It was paid for by the unimaginable suffering of His Son Jesus. All so that He could be in relationship with you.

Yeah, He loves you!!!

So remember that today! He’s really smart! Really strong! And He really loves you!

In fact He will continue to use his infinite intellect and power to INVENT ways to prove that love to you.

Trust Him today. Talk to Him. And know that He is on your side!

I Want!

I want this house!

We are good at wanting. Our culture is driven by it. Social media lays them out like a buffet for us. Corporations figured out how to weaponize our wants and make billions.

But is there another life to come? Will all things be made new? Did Jesus go to prepare a place for us? And is He calling us, saying “take up your cross and follow me”? He is.

It’s not bad to have nice things. God doesn’t mind what you own. But He does mind what owns you. He sees our hearts. And I want a heart that’s wholly His!

A heart that doesn’t take pride in how much I have or how little I have. A heart that worships Him.

So is it bad to want things? Of course not. But I think there’s a better question to be asking… Am I worshipping my wants? “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Luke 12:15

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Abraham heard God in Haran. But he SAW God in Canaan.

There’s a progression there that is worth noting.

God asked Him to do something scary….

“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country  and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Abraham said yes and began to move.

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“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” Genesis 12:7

God “said” in verse one. And “appeared” in verse seven.
God gave a vague commission in verse one. And gave a specific vision in verse seven.

But what came in the middle of those verses?

Simple obedience.

And because of that obedience, not only did Abraham’s experience with God grow more profound, but the details of God’s plan for his life became more clear.

Often we wonder why we’re not “experiencing” God more. Or we’re confused about our future.

But what if all of that stuff is on the other side of obedience to Him?

What is that thing you KNOW God wants you to do? Do it.

By the grace of God and with the help of the Holy Spirit, DO IT!

After that, you’ll begin to see God more clearly. And you’ll see His plan more clearly.

 

Babylon

In Genesis 11 we see a striking resemblance to our modern culture.

The Babylonians used the technological innovation of their time (brick and mortar) to “build a name for themselves” and to keep them from being “scattered”. Our modern fears are similar…. we don’t want to be nameless and we don’t want to be disconnected.

So we are susceptible to the same temptation of tower building with technology in order to save ourselves.

God mercifully saved them from themselves by foiling their plans!

Thousands of years later, Jesus died on a “tower”. And instead of making a name for himself, He made Himself of “no reputation”. And through his death and resurrection He brought true unity to the nations.

Every tribe and tongue can now experience real significance and connection, not through our own power, but by the blood of Jesus!

How should we use the technological innovations of our time without them “using us”?

The Real You

The real you is in Jesus.

It’s not in a plan.

It’s not in a person.

It’s not in a movement.

It’s not in a job.

It’s not in a body.

It’s not in a brand.

It’s not in a following.

The real you is in Jesus.

It’s not in a feeling.

It’s not in a failure.

It’s not in a future.

It’s not in a past.

The real you is in Jesus.

The real you is love.

The real you is joy.

The real you is peace.

The real you is life.

The real you is in Jesus.

Run to Him He’ll show you.

Talk to Him He’ll tell you.

Rest with Him He’ll heal you.

Walk with Him He’ll lead you.

Lean on Him He’ll hold you.

Follow Him He’ll surprise you.

Dream with Him He’ll amaze you.

Cry out to Him He’ll rescue you.

Believe on Him He’ll save you.

The real you is in Jesus.